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The Blind Side: Starring Nancy Pelosi and Barack Obama

Miles Mogulescu | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Miles Mogulescu

While I'm cheering for Pelosi's political skill, I wish I could be cheering louder for passage of a bill that actually did more to accomplish universal affordable health care for all Americans.

NY Times Reporter Confirms Obama Made Deal to Kill Public Option

Miles Mogulescu | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Miles Mogulescu

Even while Obama was saying that he thought a public option was a good idea, he had promised for-profit hospital lobbyists that there would be no public option in the final bill.

Ryan Grim

Nancy Pelosi Public Option Ad Hits Her In DC and San Francisco

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said on Friday that the final health care bill will not include a public option, claiming that the blame belongs to the upp...

Sam Stein and Ryan Grim

Nancy Pelosi Will Not Include Public Option In Final Bill

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Stein and Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said on Thursday that she would not include a public option in a health care reconciliation package that the House wil...

Ryan Grim

House Bill Will Lack Robust Public Option

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The Congressional Progressive Caucus has been furiously rounding up support for a "robust" public insurance option to be included in the health care b...

Sam Stein and Ryan Grim

Seething Dems Hit Back At Report That Public Option Is Dead In House

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Stein and Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Democratic lawmakers including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi are adamantly pushing back against reports that she does not have the necessary votes to pas...

Ryan Grim

Pelosi: Single-Payer Amendment Breaks Obama's Health Care Promise

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

An amendment to allow states to pursue single-payer health care without incurring insurance-industry lawsuits was stripped from the House bill, Speake...

Sam Stein

Christina Romer: Public Plan Can Reduce Costs, No Evidence Yet On Triggers

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

One of President Obama's senior advisers argued on Monday that a national public plan would have a noticeable impact on lowering the costs of the heal...

Jeff Muskus

Strong Public Option "Very Close," Pelosi Says

HuffingtonPost.com | Jeff Muskus | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

House leadership is still hedging its bets on what version of the public option will make it into the unified House health reform bill, but Speaker Na...

Robust Public Option Lacks Votes To Pass The House: The Plum Line

The Plum Line | Greg Sargent | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The House Dem leadership has conducted its preliminary whip count and has tallied up less than 200 likely Yes votes in support of a health care reform...

Ryan Grim

Public Option Within Eight Votes Of House Passage, Says Rep. Grijalva

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The robust public option is eight votes short of the 218 it needs to pass the House, Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-Ariz.) tells HuffPost. Grijalva, as co-cha...

Calling Out the House Progressive Caucus: Are You Men and Women, or Are You Mice?

Miles Mogulescu | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Miles Mogulescu

If you break your pledge and vote for a health reform bill without this minimally robust version of the public option, you've ensured that even with a Democratic majority, all "reform" will be limited by your Blue Dog colleagues.

Ryan Grim

Crunch Time: Pelosi Puts Dem Reps On Record On Public Option

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) ramped up the pressure on wavering Democrats Friday morning, calling on them to state in front of their colleagu...

Speaker Pelosi: Please Stop Bullsh*ting Us on Dropping State Single Payer Amendment

Miles Mogulescu | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Miles Mogulescu

Progressive leaders are calling the neutered public option in the House bill a "once in a lifetime reform," despite the fact that it has eliminated the very provision they promised was essential.

Who's Killing the Public Option? President Obama With a Rahm-Bow

Miles Mogulescu | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Miles Mogulescu

Those fighting for a "robust" public option need to finally accept the hard truth that Barack Obama is not an ally. He's an obstacle.

Ryan Grim

Pelosi To Dems: Time To Take A Stand On Public Option

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Nancy Pelosi is ready to rumble. The House Speaker told her Democratic caucus Tuesday night that she plans to bring a health care reform bill with a r...

Pelosi Shoots Down Public Option 'Trigger'

The Hill | Mike Soraghan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Thursday shot down a healthcare compromise that has been viewed as the best chance for getting a bipartisan bill through...

Pelosi Nixes Health Care Deal With Blue Dogs, Prepares For Floor Vote

The Hill | Mike Soraghan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Speaker Nancy Pelosi is nixing a deal she cut with centrists to advance health reform, said a source familiar with negotiations. Pelosi's decision to...

Ryan Grim

Pelosi: House Bill Will Include Public Health Insurance Option

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told reporters at a Thursday briefing that she was glad to see the Senate making progress on its version of health care ref...

Ryan Grim

House GOP Whip List Claims Pelosi Lacks Votes For Health Care

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

House Republicans are circulating a "whip count" of 101 Democrats who have indicated that they may vote against health care reform. While the focus ...

Pelosi Pushes Back: No Public Option, No Bill

Politico | ALEX ISENSTADT | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

As the White House signals that it is willing to move forward on a health reform plan without a public option, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Ca.) sent...

Pelosi I Can't Pass Bill Without Public Option

Bloomberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she will be unable to pass health-care legislation in her chamber if it doesn't include a government-run insuranc...

Pelosi: I Probably Won't Accept Health Care Bill Without A Public Option

Washington Post | Lois Romano | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Thursday that she doesn't feel bound by the $235 billion in deals that the White House and the Senate Finance Committe...

Sahil Kapur

Pelosi Promises Passage of Health Reform Bill With Public Option

HuffingtonPost.com | Sahil Kapur | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Speaker Nancy Pelosi affirmed on Wednesday that the House would pass a health care bill before the August recess, and she said in no equivocal terms t...